Ultimate Guide to Minnesota State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Minnesota bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Updated June 2020

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Minnesota State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Minnesota State Bar Association was formed in 1883. It is a voluntary association open to all licensed attorneys and current law students.

Minnesota is one of 30+ states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Minnesota first administered the UBE in 2014.

Minnesota State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (201 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 51%
First-Time Pass Rate: 66%
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

February 2019 (212 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 50%
First-Time Pass Rate: 59%
Repeat Pass Rate: 44%

July 2019 (558 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 78%
First-Time Pass Rate: 85%
Repeat Pass Rate: 36%

July 2018 (586 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 75%
First-Time Pass Rate: 81%
Repeat Pass Rate: 34%

Minnesota Bar Review Courses

Compare top Minnesota bar exam prep courses from Crushendo, Barbri, Themis, Kaplan, AmeriBar, BarMax, AdaptiBar, and Quimbee.

CrushendoBarbriThemisKaplanAmeriBarBarMaxAdaptiBarQuimbee
Cost$240-790$2,495-4,095$1,595-2,695$2,299-3,999$895-2,545$699-1,499$395-1,065$499-999
MBE
MEE
MPT
MPRE
NCBE Questions2,000+100+Unknown1,200+1,400+1,905+1,700+1,830+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Facebook Rating5/5Disabled4.8/5DisabledDisabled4.4/54.4/5Disabled
Access PeriodLifetime3 months4 months4 monthsUp to 3 yearsLifetime5-7 months5 months
Financing3 payments$250 registration
Founded20171974200819381999201020032007
Phone(385) 482-1776(888) 322-7274(888) 843-6476(626) 390-7170(877) 942-2763(800) 529-2651(877) 466-1250N/A

Crushendo’s written and audio outlines utilize 250+ proprietary mnemonics to help you memorize everything you need to know to pass the bar exam on your first try.

Crushendo’s UBE Suite costs $790 and includes 2,000+ official questions from the NCBE.

Crushendo offers lifetime access to its bar exam prep products.

Adam Balinski founded Crushendo Bar Review in 2017 (read the founding story here).

The Harcourt publishing company founded Barbri in 1974 when it acquired two bar review programs. Since its founding Barbri has been owned by large firms, including Thomson Reuters and Leeds Equity Partners.

Barbri products have been used by more than a million law school students. In the last 20 years Barbri has settled multiple antitrust lawsuits.

Barbri’s bar prep programs cost $2,495-4,095 and include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.

Barbri offers access to its online products for three months.

Themis Bar Review is based in Chicago and was founded in 2008.

Themis publishes its pass rates publicly on its website.

Themis bar prep programs cost $1,595-2,695 and include an unknown amount of NCBE questions.

Themis offers access to its online products for four months.

Stanley Kaplan founded Kaplan, Inc. in 1938.

Kaplan jumped into the bar review space in 2006 when it acquired PMBR, a company that provides test prep for the MBE. In 2008 Kaplan expanded its bar review offerings.

Kaplan’s bar prep programs cost $2,299-3,999 and include 1,200+ NCBE questions.

Kaplan offers access to its online products for four months.

Alexander Nakis founded AmeriBar in 1999. It’s headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.

AmeriBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $895-2,545 and include 1,400+ NCBE questions.

AmeriBar offers access to its online products for up to three years.

Michael Ghaffary and Mehran Ebadolahi founded BarMax in 2010.

BarMax’s bar exam prep programs cost $699-1,499 and include 1,905+ NCBE questions.

BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.

Tarek Fadel founded AdaptiBar in 2003.

AdaptiBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $395-1,065 and include up to 1,700+ NCBE questions.

AdaptiBar offers access to its online products for 5-7 months.

Matt Sellers founded Quimbee in 2007.

Quimbee’s bar prep programs cost $499-999 and include up to 1,830+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online products for 5 months.

Minnesota Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Minnesota (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

MBE

The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.

MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. Your MEE score comprises 30% of your UBE score.

Minnesota bar exam essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. Your MPT score comprises 20% of your UBE score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location

Schedule

MorningAfternoon
Day 1MPT (3 hours)MEE (3 hours)
Day 2MBE (3 hours)MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 22-23, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023

Location

The location of the bar exam varies. Check the Minnesota bar website for details.

Minnesota Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Minnesota State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Minnesota bar exam.

The Minnesota Bar application fee for most takers is $700, including the $100 laptop fee. There is an additional $200 fee if you file after the timely deadline.

*Visit the Minnesota State Bar Admission Office’s website for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the filing deadline is October 15. There is a late filing deadline on December 2. If you want to take the July bar exam, the filing deadline is March 16. There is a late filing deadline on May 1.

In addition to passing the Minnesota bar exam with a score of at least 260, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Minnesota, including:

  1. Score 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Certificate of Good Standing

Minnesota State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Minnesota State Board of Bar Examiners
180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Phone number:  (651) 297-1857

Email: ble@mbcle.state.mn.us

Minnesota Bar Exam: What to Bring

Allowed items

  • Hotel key, car key, key fob
  • Parking receipt, bus ticket
  • Passport or drivers license
  • Credit card, cash
  • Contacts case and lens solution
  • Extra eyeglasses
  • Laptop, charger cord, wired mouse, keyboard
  • Medication, epipen, inhaler
  • Eyedrops
  • Chapstick
  • Cough drops
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hair clip

Ear plugs, tissues, pens, and pencils will be provided.

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Hand sanitizer or lotion
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials
  • Wallet

Learn more here.

Minnesota Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Minnesota is 260/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total UBE score
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

*A passing score for the MPRE in Minnesota is 85/150.

Minnesota Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Minnesota bar exam.

  • MBE, MEE, MPT, and MPRE Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 2,000+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access
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Minnesota Bar Exam Results

View lists of those who passed the Minnesota State bar exam, posted on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Minnesota bar exam results released?

February bar exam results are normally posted in April. July bar exam results are normally posted in October.

Can I see my Minnesota bar exam score?

If you passed the Minnesota bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive MPT items, MEE questions, and a copy of the scored written essays in the mail.

Can I appeal to have my Minnesota bar exam re-graded?

No.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Minnesota?

You can retake the UBE without any limit in Minnesota.

Minnesota Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking admission to the Minnesota State Bar, without taking the bar exam, must comply with Reciprocity Requirements.

If you are a part of a bar in any of the states, territories, or jurisdictions in the United States, you are able to have reciprocity with the state of Minnesota if approved by the Board. In order to be eligible for admittance to the Minnesota State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must have:

  • A Certificate of Good Standing from last state
  • Proof of active legal standing for 36 of the last 60 months

Law Schools in Minnesota

Here’s a list of law schools in Minnesota.

University of Minnesota Law School

  • Founded: 1888
  • Located: Minneapolis, MN
  • Enrollment: about 1,000
  • Tuition Cost: $55,868 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 78%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.umn.edu

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Helpful Groups

Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:

University of Minnesota Law School

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Mitchell Hamline School of Law